Ex-Norwich City player recalls one of his favourite memories at the Canaries

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:51am

Adrian Forbes, who played over 100 times for Norwich City, recalled an amusing anecdote of his time at the club.

You've just lost to your fiercest rivals. And not just any kind of loss, you've been battered heavily by them. Those events should go down as a footballer's worst day in their career however for one player the events of that afternoon contained one of their favourite anecdotes.

Adrian Forbes, an ex-midfielder for Norwich City FC, recalled the day him and his teammates were thrashed by East Anglia rivals Ipswich Town, and how although they were defeated, the events post-match remain one of his favourite memories whilst at the club. 

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Speaking to Matt Beadle on the Norwich Fans Show, Forbes was asked for a story from his playing days to try keep spirits upbeat in this time of crisis with no football currently being played.  

"It's a bit of a sombre but hilarious memory at the same time. Obviously, when I was involved in this game I couldn't laugh about it. 

"It goes back to an East Anglian Derby, Ipswich versus Norwich at Portman Road- I believe it might have been '98 or '99 and we actually lost by five goals. 

"But obviously, we've just shipped five goals in an East Anglian Derby, we've got our heads held in shame and the drug testers were there afterwards, and they pulled our two centre-backs.

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"But the drug testers took them for drug testing and you're going 'hang on a minute, you've just taken our two centre-backs for performance enhancing drugs and we've just conceded five goals'. So you could imagine the management team going absolutely stir crazy after this game.

"And I can't remember which one of the players it was but one of the players shouted in the background: 'I can't believe you're picking our two centre-backs for performance enhancing drugs. If they were actually taking anything, they certainly didn't work because they were horrendous'.

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"I can clearly remember the testers being there, trying to keep a straight face and almost the embarrassment of the fact that they picked these two individuals on the day. Five goals conceded in an East Anglian Derby, the embarrassment alone, they obviously didn't play very well and then they had to suffer that afterwards. 

"So I think that goes down as, apart from obviously outside of football and making the Canary fans sing quite loudly at Wembley, that has to go down as one of my amusing but strange stories of my time at Norwich and one of my real, real good memories of my journey at the club."

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